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Michigan

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
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More than 20,679 athletes participate in Special Olympics Michigan programs. Michigan has one of the largest programs in the U.S., but we're always looking for more athletes! Special Olympics Athletes are young and old. They have different backgrounds and hometowns. Some are gifted athletes; others must work very hard just to reach the finish line.

Athelete Development
Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-confidence and prove their own capabilities. Special Olympics Michigan is not just training for sports--it's training for life!

Training and Competition
Special Olympics helps children and adults with intellectual disabilities improve their fitness, learn sports skills, and experience the joy of winning through regular training and competition. It's a year-round program and athletes can train for many different sports. It enables families to train together, to have common goals and to become part of the sports world of Special Olympics. Through Special Olympics, athletes gain self-esteem and discipline, which carry over into school, home and the workplace.

Michigan Contact Info

East Campus Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI,  48859

+1 (989) 774-3911

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Upcoming Events

  • May
    06
    Dodgeball Tournament
    May 06, 2016
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Ludington
    Michigan
    Dodgeball Tournament

    Click the firstgiving link to register. $160 minimum per team. 6-8 players per team. Minimum age is 14. All participants receive a t-shirt.

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    Contact: Lisa Luttrull
    Email: lluttrull@wsesd.org
    Phone: 231-898-1665

    May 06, 2016
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Ludington High School Gymnasium
    508 N. Washington
    Ludington, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    13
    Breakfast of Champions
    May 13, 2016
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Detroit
    Michigan
    Breakfast of Champions

    Join us on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club for an inspiring morning with the athletes and friends of Special Olympics Michigan. Here you will learn more about the many amazing programs Special Olympics Michigan offers and how your contribution can change lives and change society's perceptions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event agenda is as follows: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Networking, Registration; 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Program and Breakfast; 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Support and commitment with continued networking

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    Contact: Taylor Baroli
    Email: rushi1tp@cmich.edu
    Phone: 248-291-4494

    May 13, 2016
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Detroit Athletic Club
    Detroit, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    21
    33rd Annual Special Olympics Area 19 Golf Scramble
    May 21, 2016
    07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Pleasant Lake
    Michigan
    33rd Annual Special Olympics Area 19 Golf Scramble

    A fun filled outing, featuring: 18 holes of golf, Two carts per foursome, 100% pay out on skins, Hot dogs on the turn, Dinner, prizes and awards, Great raffle items and additional, special contests will also be available. Use the link below to register.

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    Contact: Randy Coleman
    Email: rcoleman.area.19@gmail.com
    Phone: 517-740-3887

    May 21, 2016
    07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Hankard Hills Golf Course
    10251 Resort Rd
    Pleasant Lake, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    21
    33rd Annual Area 19 Golf Scramble
    May 21, 2016
    07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Pleasant Lake
    Michigan
    33rd Annual Area 19 Golf Scramble

    It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in our 33rd Annual Golf Scramble to benefit Special Olympics Area 19. You don’t have to be a golfer to come and enjoy the surroundings, meet some of the athletes or help raise funds for a very worthwhile cause. Cost is $75 per player entry fee if you register by May 16, $85 per player after the May 16 deadline. Schedule of Events: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Putting Green & Driving Range. 7:30 AM Registration. 8:00 AM Tee Off (Shotgun Start). 2:00 PM Dinner, Awards, 50/50 & Raffle Drawings. Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.

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    Contact: Mark Umlauf
    Email: umlaufmark@yahoo.com
    Phone: 313-220-1379

    May 21, 2016
    07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Hankerd Hills Golf Course
    10251 Resort Rd
    Pleasant Lake, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Michigan State Summer Games
    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    Michigan State Summer Games

    The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    07
    Athletes Like Audrey
    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Athletes Like Audrey

    The premier fundraising event for the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals is the "Athletes Like Audrey" luncheon held each spring. It honors Mike and Sue Jandernoa's granddaughter Audrey Jandernoa and other children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Pantlind Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For information and to purchase tickets, call Krista Paulin at (616) 583-1202 ext. 104. For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Alison Miller at (989) 621-5580 or alison.miller@somi.org or you may send your gifts to Special Olympics Michigan - 1239 76th Street SW, Suite E., Byron Center, Michigan 49315.

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    Contact: Krista Paulin
    Email: KCPaulin@somi.org
    Phone: 616-583-1202 ext. 10

    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    23
    Coaches Weekend
    Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016
     
    Mt. Pleasant
    Michigan
    Coaches Weekend

    Coaches weekend is a chance for coaches to become certified in multiple sports, as well as a chance to network with staff and other coaches. Saturday will feature the opportunity to become certified in 2 sports, a keynote speaker, and a bowling social. Sunday we are offering a soccer clinic, figure skating clinic, clinicians training, or an additional sport certification.To register, use the link below.

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    Contact: Kellie Murphy
    Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-7204

    Jul 23, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    23
    State Fall Games
    Sep 23, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016
     
    Ypsilanti
    Michigan
    State Fall Games

    The State Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Soccer (Independence Park in Canton), Cycling (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Softball (Canton Softball Complex in Canton) and Golf (Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti).

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Sep 23, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016
     
    Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Nov
    12
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals
    Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
     
    Lansing
    Michigan
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

    More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and chaperones from 46 counties take part in the State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals each year. Poly Hockey takes place at Eastern High School and Fieldhouse in Lansing on November 12-13. The Unified Bowling Finals take place on November 12 at Royal Scot Lanes.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
     
    Eastern High School and Fieldhouse
    Lansing, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jan
    31
    State Winter Games
    Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 03, 2017
     
    Acme
    Michigan
    State Winter Games

    Approximately 900 athletes, 350 coaches/chaperones & 500 volunteers participate in the State Winter Games each year. Competition includes Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing and Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire; Speed Skating and Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City; and Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 03, 2017
     
    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Howe Area & Schuss Mountain
    Acme, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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